Michael Kitchens provides insight and practical guidelines regarding the day-to-day processes of construction estimating and project management. He reviews the varied tasks of the estimator, project manager, and project superintendent, from the decision to bid to completing paperwork and managing project risks. He draws from his years of professional experience, as well as case histories, to examine estimate preparation, procedures to follow on bid day, job site safety, quality assurance, financial considerations, cost control, and much more. Ethics in construction, errors in estimating and project management, and information regarding training of key personnel are also addressed.
Both beginners and seasoned professionals who seek a better understanding of the skills and abilities required of a good estimator and project manager will find this book to be a useful overview.
About the Author
Michael Kitchens, Ph.D., P.E., is manager, Estimating & Scheduling and Construction, for the Walt Disney Company in Anaheim, California, where he previously served as chief estimator. In 1989, he was a finalist for Arizona Entrepreneur of the Year in the Contractor’s Division. He earned concurrent master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from California Coast University.